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Jesus Is The Son Of God (3 of 37)
Series: Christ In All The Scripture
This morning our Jesus Christ we are studying in the Gospel by John is the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
The greatest struggle of the early church occurred in the 4th Century when most of the church was under the false teaching of one of the ablest speakers and thinkers of the day - Arias. For a few years it seemed that his false doctrine would pollute the entire church. It was called arianism and held that Jesus was merely a created being and not God. In our times the JW's hold Araianism as their doctrine. Out of that dark hour when 93% of all the bishops (pastors of major churches) agreed with Arianism's false doctrine, one man stood up all alone. His name Athanasius. His statement "Athanasius contra mundum" or Athanasius against the whole world! He led the church council at Nicea (modern Istanbul) in a Bible Study in the year 325 AD that ended with them turning away from the Arian false teaching and affirming the Nicene Creed.
The Nicene Creed
(#717 in Hymn Book)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glor ...
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